The Rotary Club of New York                                                    





October 13, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next New York Rotary meeting on October 14th will be Albert Barrett. Most of his activities have been in the financing of a numerous start-up companies and assisting with their management, which has resulted in the financing of almost 1 billion dollars of new ventures. You can read more about Albert Barrett in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


Kevin Donnelly, who recently became a member of our legendary Rotary Club, wrote the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin about our last meeting. Thank you Kevin for a very informative report! It was especially interesting for me as I did not attend our last meeting. I instead visited the Bronx Rotary Club, who meet in a beautiful restaurant overlooking a marina at City Island. My reason for visiting the Bronx Rotary Club was that our Group Study Exchange Team Leader for 2002-2003 Peter Grunthal was giving a presentation including many pictures about his and his teams trip last May to Rotary District 9250, which include South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. I was there in my capacity of District Chairman for GSE. You can read more about our Rotary District 7230 GSE Program on the Internet at Peter has received many invitations from Rotary Clubs in our district, so you can expect to see him speak at a Rotary Club near you in the future.


On Friday October 17th, we will have our Eighth Evening of Harmony at the National Arts Club. The evening’s program will start out at 6:00 P.M. with Silent Auction at the Parlor Foyer and Champagne Reception in the Main Parlor. There will also be Fellowship and Musical Interlude and Cash Bar. At 7:30 p.m. there will be Dinner in the Grand Gallery with Award Presentations by Shigemi “Jim” Morita and Camilo Uy and Special Service Awards and Paul Harris Fellow Inductions. There will be a Musical Program by a surprise artist. The evening will end with Auction, Raffle Prizes and Gifts. The event is so popular among our members that it has been sold out. Congratulations!


I have told you before about the United Nations Public Private Alliance for Rural Development! They invited the Rotary Club of New York to help work for an Integrated Approach to Rural Development in Developing Ccountries. David Stillman, its Senior Officer, just sent me the Notes from a Breakfast Meeting on September 25th with the President of Madagascar. You can find it on our website at


The adventures of Bill DeLong, who is now 83 years old, continue here in New York. I received the following message from Past President Helen Reisler, who is much younger than BilI is, but still has a hard time keeping up with him:


Dear Matts,


I have had a busy Rotary week with some of our most exciting members. On Thursday evening I accompanied Bill DeLong to Gracie Mansion. Bill won the coveted New York Post "Liberty Medal" last year after I sponsored him for the Ambassadorial category. Since he has continued his humanitarian deeds throughout the past year, they see him as a good example of what this award is all about, and invited us back once again.


We hobnobbed with such dignitaries as Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Pataki, Cindy Adams, Whoopie Goldberg, Glen Close, Jessica Seinfeld, etc, etc. Everyone remembered Bill, who has become a celebrity in his own right.


Helen Reisler


Helen also went to another Rotary event and she sent me the following message about it:


Dear Matts,


Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Charter Anniversary Dinner hosted by "The Rotaract Club at the United Nations." They are celebrating another year of commitment to "service above self."


The Rotaract Club was chartered with Rotary International on November 18th, 1995 by the Rotary Club of New York. This group of outstanding young professionals and students have won worldwide recognition for their many important international projects. They have joined hands with us for a variety of local community projects as well. They have volunteered at the Soup Kitchen, been involved in the Gift of Life, etc.


I enjoyed interacting with this vibrant group of new and old members at the Cibo Restaurant in NYC where the delicious food was served with gourmet flair in a most elegant atmosphere. Part of the discussion centered around some educational projects that they would like to collaborate on with us sometime in the future.


Our club can be very proud of this exciting bunch of future leaders.

Helen Reisler


Helen’s messages show what a great fellowship Rotary is. Rotary offers unmatched opportunities to meet new friends and build great relations. The reason is that we Rotarians share the same values and we have the same integrity.


The next meeting of the International Service Division of our Rotary Club
will take place on Wednesday at the German Permanent
Mission to the United Nations. I received the following message from Barney Barnet, Rotary International Alternate Representative to the UN and Giorgio H. Balestrieri, Director of the Rotary Club of New York:


Dear Fellow Rotarians,


The next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will be Wednesday, October 15 at the German Permanent Mission to the UN, at the top floor restaurant on First Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets). Registration is at 08:30 and the meeting will start at 08:45 AM and last approximately 1 hour.


This month's topic will be "Global Economic Issues"


Our guest speaker will be H.E. Albrecht von der Heyden, Minister Plenipotentiary of Germany. NEW RESERVATION POLICY & RATE: The German Mission needs a firm reservation, therefore we have put the following policy in place. Reservations need to be made by 5 PM Monday, October 13 by sending an e-mail to the Rotary Club of New York at "" copy to Ms. Allison Alessi, International Events Coordinator at "" or send a fax to (212) 633-1954. The cost of the breakfast is now $18 payable by Credit Card (via e-mail to or cash at the entrance. Kindly be advised that when you make a reservation, we have guaranteed and planned for your attendance, therefore you will have until
5 PM Monday, October 13 to cancel your reservation without incurring any cost. If you have not canceled and are unable to attend, your credit card will not be refunded or if you plan to pay at the door, you will be billed $18. Thank you for your attention and cooperation with regard to the new policy.


Yours in Rotary,


Sylvan M. Barnet, Jr.

Chair RCNY Intl. Service Division

Rotary International

Alternate Representative to the UN


Giorgio H. Balestrieri

Director and Board Liaison

International Service Division

The Rotary Club of New York


You can also read about the event on our website at


I recently received the following message from Rotary International Past President Frank Devlyn, who reads the New York Rotary Newsletters. Frank has written a new book called Frank Talk 2:

I encourage you to click on to and leave your comments on how to promote retention & reenergize Rotary Clubs for my new book, Frank Talk 2. On the same website you will find out about Avoidable Blindness Projects promoted by Rotary.


Remember we have to fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate Polio by the year 2005.


All the best from your amigo,


Frank J. Devlyn


The Rotary Foundation

Past Rotary International President 2000-01


When I met Frank at the Rotary UN Day last October 4th, he was as energetic and active as ever. I believe that Frank’s RI Presidential Theme “Create Awareness and Take Action” is also his personal motto. He sure acts according to it.


Don't forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can reserve via e-mail to our office at, or call Andreas or Ana at 212-633-1311. You can also fax in the RSVP form, which you can download at Our fax number is 212-633-1954. At our next meeting, the culinary staff at the Princeton Club will serve us Lamb.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at or 


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York



Group Study Exchange

Rotary District 7230


Senior Vice President and History Ambassador

Rotary's Global History Fellowship



The power of the Internet puts the brains of millions of people together. It also puts 1.2 million Rotarians together. It does not matter where we are and when we are available. The Internet makes it possible for Rotarians around the world to instantly participate.


This newsletter has also been posted on our website at or


I want to thank our Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher and his Executive Assistant Ana Rivas for working so hard every week creating and mailing the Weekly Bulletin. In addition to mailing it out to our members, they also send me the electronic Bulletin so I can upload it on our website. They have also been working hard with the administration of the World Trade Center - Disaster Relief Fund.


In order to read the PDF file of the Bulletin-on-the-Web, you need Acrobat Reader Version 5.0 or later. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can download Acrobat Reader 6.0 for free from the web at:



You can find the following interesting websites at:


1.      New York Rotary Club at

2.      Rotary’s Global History Project at

3.      Rotary District 7230 at 

District 7230 Group Study Exchange Project at

4.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at

5.      Rotary Radio every Tuesday 5-6 PM EST or 2-3 PM PST at


Matts Ingemanson, Helen Reisler and Jim Thompson from the New York Rotary Club were interviewed on Rotary Radio Tuesday July 9, 2002.


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